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Re: Happy Birthday
gardenchat@hort.net

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 2, 2014, at 3:11 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
>
>
>
> In a message dated 8/1/2014 10:43:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
zemuly@comcast.net writes:
> I wish you a very happy birthday.
> Zem
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> Thanks, Zem.  Chete took me to lunch at the Riverview  Restaurant in Cold
Spring which has a
> stunning view of the Hudson Highlands and Storm King Mountain.  It was
almost worth being 86 years old.
>
> I will take advantage of this contact to ask a couple of GardenChat type
questions.
>
> The first is very simple.  Why, here at beginning of August, are my dogwoods
definitely showing
> red leaves?  It has been somewhat dry this summer, but not a real drought,
and only moderately
> hot.
>
> Next question is more complicated.
> For several years I have bought a plant at the local Arboretum plant sale to
grow in a pot on my
> front stoop.  This has been Euporbia 'Diamond Frost'.  Do you know it?  It
is very delicate with
> lacy growth, tiny leaves with dark markings, and small white star-like
flowers.  It makes a bushy
> little plant about a foot wide and high.  As I say, I have grown this
several years, getting a new
> plant each spring.  I have one this year.  Usually the plant is about done
by fall when I bring things
> in, but last fall we had an early frost threat, and as the plant still
looked good, I brought it in and
> put it under the lights where I start seed, and keep a few things over the
winter.  It lost all its
> leaves before long, but the stems still were green, so I left it there.  All
winter, it kept its green
> look, so I let it stay, but finally when I started seeds and needed the
space this spring I set the
> pot outside and thought no more about it.  Then a week or so ago, I happened
to notice the pot
> that I had put in an obscure spot, and it was full of bright green leaves.
The plant has leafed out
> and is growing strongly, but instead of the tiny, lacy growth, the leaves
are bright green and
> more than twice a large as the original plant.  I still have the plant label
from that, and from the
> one I bought this year, and they are the  same.  What has happened? Side by
side, the two
> plants really don't look a bit alike.  Why has this one changed from last
year?
>
> Thanks for listening to my rant,
>
> Hope you are having a good summer.
>
> Auralie

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